April 3, 2020
State of Emergency
The Ministry of Health confirmed 130 cases of COVID-19 in the country and one death.
We remind American citizens to abide by the State of Emergency restrictions and to obey orders from Kyrgyz law enforcement.
- A curfew remains in place from 8pm to 7am.
- Outside of curfew hours, residents may leave their homes only to obtain groceries or medical care or to visit a pharmacy or bank.
- You are required to carry a form of identification, proof of residence and local registration, and a written routing form. The routing form must include your full name, phone number, reason for being outside, home address and time of departure, and destination address and time of return.
- Bishkek residents will be fined 1000 KGS for being in public places without masks.
- You may only go to work if your organization is included in the list of companies allowed to work during the state of emergency.
- You can make trips for groceries and medications only within 1.5 km of your home.
- Dog walking only permitted within 100 meters of your residence.
- Gatherings larger than 3 people (not including families) have been banned.
- No minors are allowed outside without adult supervision.
- Work of companies not providing essential support services is suspended
There are no longer any international commercial flights operating out of Kyrgyzstan that are available for American citizens.
U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States and have been unable to do so are encouraged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, passport number, and contact email and phone. We will use this information for direct communication with you if further flight information or transport options become available.
COVID-19 and Overseas Voting
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is tracking the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. citizens abroad and recommending ways to avoid any postal issues that may result from changes made by international postal operators.
FVAP encourages our overseas military, families and overseas citizens to take these individual actions to help overcome any potential disruptions to host country mail operations:
- Register and request your ballot through FVAP.gov: Use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at gov/FPCA to simultaneously register and request an absentee ballot.
- Consider asking that your ballot be sent to you electronically: Voters in countries currently experiencing, or likely to experience, mail disruptions should select an electronic option for receiving their blank ballot from their election official.
- Consider state ballot submission alternatives: Refer to your state’s instructions on FVAP.gov for available options for returning your voted ballot. Most states allow voters to submit ballots online.
For the latest alerts on international mail service, voters and election officials should refer to the USPS alerts found here: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website, for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the Kyrgyz Republic.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- You will find information on medical resources in the Kyrgyz Republic here.
- S. Embassy Bishkek
- 171 Prospect Mira
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(996)(312) 597-733
Fax: +(996)(312) 597-744
- Kyrgyzstan Country Information
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